Thursday, November 29, 2012

How to Trash Test your Business Card?

I am sure the title above made you curious-right? Well, I was definitely intrigued by it first because the title was well conceived and secondly, I really wanted to know whether my business card would pass the trash test. 

The source article below the title above should be read by business card printers as well as every one of us who use to get our business card printed. How many times the business card given to us were simply thrown into waste basket after just a cursory glance?

There are several reasons why business cards fail the trash test:
1.    Irrelevant information to us
2.    Poor quality card
3.    Ugly color combination
4.    Too much of information

    Before you print out your business card next time, please remember these points.  

    I like this business card.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The loading time of Google plus.

Posting your blog updates in your Google plus is proving to be a time consuming task-don't you think so? The page loading time is long when compared to Facebook.

There are certain areas Google should improve; they are more concentrating on modifying their indexing algorithms than getting real feedback about their own products and improving upon them.

For example, the quality of the content in Google groups was top class years before. Now, anyone would notice a big drop in the content quality leading to poor participation by us.

Google ads is another concern. I notice irrelevant ads on my blogs making me wonder whether they contextual anymore!

I like everything about Facebook, It is easy to manipulate, loads fast and attracts good number of viewers to your updates.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Aswin Vs Swann.

Any ardent cricket lover who have watched so many spinners from different teams of the world would sat why Aswin is not able to take more wickets. He is a fighter and he works hard but not that is not obviously sufficient.

Aswin is tall and so are most of the English batsmen who have great reach. Look at how Peterson and Alister Cook stretched themselves to block the ball bowled by Ashwin comfortably.

Aswin's length should be in such way that even tall Peterson should be afraid to go neither forward or backward. That is what is called a teasing length. Occasionally Ashwin bowls at such length but the next ball is bowled at a different spot thus not making use of the earlier spot that beat the batsman.

Swann bowled intelligently. I am sure he did his home work properly. He is good. 

If you have watched the Pakistani bowlers Hazan Raza and Abdul Hafeez bowl, you would have noticed how consistently they bowl at a particular length that ties batsmen stubornly making them to commit mistake out of frustration.

I am a big fan of Ashwin. I wish he scales new heights.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What extra Digidesign offers to sound engineers and DJs.

Thinking back my years at a national recording studio, I doubt very much whether I can handle the contemporary DJ gears that are powered by advanced music mixing software such as Digidesign at musicians friend that has received several positive reviews by professional sound engineers.

I wonder how sound recordists are coping up with advanced software based music recording and playback decks. Since this is my favorite field, I keep updating my knowledge about the latest recording & studio equipments.

Sometimes I pass on this valuable information to a few sound engineers that my husband knows.  Though I won’t understand the finer technical details of music software such as latency and MDI, I could comprehend how the music presentation is enhanced.

I wish I get a chance to sit beside a sound recording deck once more.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A different use of electric blanket.

I always dread the first few nights of new winter season as the sudden cold is shocking.  After 4 or 5 nights, you get used to the cold and go after your day to day affairs oblivious to the chillness.

I once used snuggle under an electrically heated blanket but I quickly got out of the habit of keeping myself warm and started enjoying the cold. I now only use cotton blankets during winter.
Yesterday, the temperature dipped to 11.5 degrees that forced me to dig out my electric blanket. 

I have read that electric blankets sometimes injure the users, by causing electric shocks, burns or even fires. Older electric fires are still causing thousands of fires a year today, and people who can’t feel heat can still be burned even by safer modern electric blankets.

Used carefully, however, electric blankets can be safe, as long as you make sure to buy a new one (never buy one second hand) and check that you are sensitive enough to heat to feel if it gets too hot. 

You may also consider simply using the electric blanket to warm the bed up before you get into it, but not actually sleeping underneath the electric blanket, instead unplugging and removing it before you go to bed. Make extra sure that the blanket never gets wet, and that you don’t use it together with any other blankets. Finally, you should replace the electric blanket every few years, or sooner if it starts to look like it is in bad condition.

For many people, though, having to deal with all these risks to use such a simple thing seems too much trouble. The best and most common alternative to the electric blanket is probably the hot water bottle, as hot water bottles cool down rather than getting warmer over time, and can be fitted with special soft covers to avoid burning you. They are also much cheaper.

How can printers increase their business volume every year.

The idea of printing brochures and other trade printing requirements every year is not a pleasant task.  It has been always difficult to convey to the printers what exactly we have on mind. In addition, they keep revising their rates (upwards only) which force us to look for cheaper quotes.

It is a compromise that ends in poor quality printing. Every year, I used to print thousands of flyers announcing the new batch start dates and also congratulating the previous math toppers. This task of hiring printers and getting them to deliver on time used to be a big headache.

I believe trade printers should enhance their quality and offer some sort of loyalty discount to their clients. Such a wonderful business concept is adapted by, leading printers of brochures, stickers, flyers, door hangers, posters and business cards.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Green Tea Capsules-what you should know.

Green tea requires no introduction to us. Probably, the new generation is not very much aware of the health benefits of green tea.

Green tea is certainly tasteless; in fact, most people hate it and that is why it is a medicine-eh? Brewing green tea the Japanese way is time consuming and that is why green tea is imprisoned in capsules. 

If someone says green tea capsules can be one of the best options for your body, you are likely to reject on the face of it but soon you would stumble onto more good facts about it which would make you to reverse your decision.

Deciding to use green tea capsules doesn’t have to be a tough task but  you do have to consider certain facts while selecting capsules that are easy to swallow and do not have an aftertaste. 

Because there are so many green tea capsules gurus, web sites and merchandisers who have products on the market, you should expect to spend a little time researching which capsules you feel are best for you.

There are many different capsules on the market that use the words green tea in them to get your attention. Don’t fall for imposters that claim to be green tea but actually only have a small percentage of green tea extract listed as a fourth or fifth ingredient on the list. 

Be wary of capsules that claim you will lose an outrageous amount of weight in practically no time because these claims are usually false and unfounded. Also watch for web sites that offer you a free bottle of their product for only the cost of shipping and handling as these are often auto ship programs that indicate in very small print that upon accepting their offer you are requesting to be put on an auto shipment program that will continue charging your credit card on a monthly basis. 

Remember, no capsule will yield results without a commitment to sticking with the diet. Green tea is no exception and should be used regularly as planned. That way, whether you are considering green tea capsules for cleansing or any other reason you will be giving your body the benefit of the many wonderful properties contained in the formula.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The truck driver who sold me seat covers.

Majority of the truck and pick-up truck owners don’t bother too much with their vehicle’s interior; they only take interest in the running condition of the vehicle. Yesterday, a Ford pickup truck delivered some furniture at my house.

The truck driver was a jovial man with a ready smile. When I openly appreciated the look of his vehicle he proudly showed the interior that was newly fitted with ford f150 seat covers. I again appreciated his choice of seat covers which made him offer a free short ride in his vehicle which I politely refused.

He requested me to draft a letter thanking the Ford truck accessories dealer that supplied new seat covers exactly as he wanted.  I did a quick search in Internet and came across a testimonial of a truck driver that sounded very honest (see below).

Based on that, I composed a short and sweet letter of appreciation of service, took a print out and gave it to the pick-up truck driver. He told me next time when I buy seat covers for my car, I should buy from his dealer.

I would remember his jovial outlook for a longtime.